Nazarenes from around the world will gather next month in Johannesburg, South Africa, for the denomination’s third global theology conference. The Board of General Superintendents (BGS) is calling on Nazarenes to join in a month of prayer for this historic and impactful event.

The prayer emphasis will begin on February 23 and continue throughout the conference, which takes place March 23–27, 2014.

Sponsored by the BGS and the International Board of Education, Global Theology Conference III offers opportunity for 300 invited leaders, representing the six world regions of the Church of the Nazarene, to be involved. Participants include clergy and laity who serve in various leadership roles throughout the international church.  Conference papers and conversation will address the topic, “Critical Issues in Ecclesiology,” as we celebrate a shared vision of our understanding of the church and its faithful expression of the gospel message in today’s world.

The Board of General Superintendents asks Nazarenes to join them in prayer as leaders and theologians engage in this important time of dialogue and reflection regarding the nature and mission of the church. The prayers of Nazarenes worldwide will provide valuable support for this important event.

 Previous global theology conferences took place in Guatemala (2002) and the Netherlands (2007).